Interdependence Day Festival 2004

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Interdependence Day Festival 2004
September 12, 2004 11:30AM to 7:00PM
City University of New York Graduate Center
34th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City

General All Day Admission: $25
Students, Seniors, Low Income: $15
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
To Register in advance call 212 817-8215 (until Friday 9/10 at 4:30PM)
Or just come and pay at the door.
For more info call: 212 867-0846

Registration: 11:00AM
Drum Circle starts 11:30AM
Delicious Organic Food will be available for purchase (provided by Narda Narvaez)

We, The World's Interdependence Day Festival 2004 in New York City celebrates the interconnectedness of all life and the recognition of that interconnectedness. The day will include dazzling artistic presentations and performances rooted in the consciousness of peace and sustainability.

The event will also provide an opportunity to connect with outspoken leaders whose work supports and promotes conscious interdependence, awareness, and action in the areas of peace and nonviolence, human rights, eco-solutions, media and the public good, indigenous people's issues, the interfaith movement, women's issues, and more. September 12th will be a day of celebration, information and action!

This Festival is being organized by We, The World and will be a major kick-off event for 11 Days of Global Unity September 11 - 21, 2004, a convergence of local and global consciousness-raising festivals, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, coordinated civic actions, voter registration programs, and other activities taking place in over 100 cities around the world. The goal is to maximize public awareness of the challenges humanity now faces, and to celebrate and facilitate involvement in the solutions.

One of the highlights of the Festival will be Public Signings of the Global Declaration of Interdependence as specifically derived from the Earth Charter for this occasion.


Keynote: Robert Knight - WBAI News Analyst and Host of "Earth Watch" - Power of the Media

Amnesty International - Shahram Hashemi
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Today's presentation will focus on Amnesty's student activism regarding Prisoners of Conscience as well as current work in Iraq, Sudan and other crisis areas. The work of Student World Assembly will also be presented.

Foundation for Ethics and Meaning: Living in Truth in a Time of Lies Workshop
Bruce Novak teaches philosophy of education at Northern Illinois Univeristy and is the Co-Chair of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.  He is writing a book about the emergence of a nurturant democracy, entitled The Opening of the American Heart. Living in Truth explores meaningful and sustainable social action from the inside out.

Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots Youth Program
The Roots & Shoots Program inspires youth of all ages to make a difference by becoming involved in their communities. Each Roots & Shoots group plans and implements service-learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community. Today's presentation will focus on how youth activities for the environment, animals and their local community contribute to a healthy interdependent world.

SOS Food Workshop: Biodiversity and the Unpublicized Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods featuring Michael Hansen (Senior Research Associate, Consumers Union), Mitchel Cohen -(NY State Green Party, No Spray Coalition)

NY Council for Nonviolent Communication - Moving From Pain to Compassion in an Interconnected World
Thom Bond is Co-Founder of the NY Council for NVC.Nonviolent Communication is a language model  and approach for working through conflict with  compassion, speed and success. NVC guides us to  reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others by focusing on what we are observing, feeling,  needing, and requesting.

Federation of World Peace and Love Workshop - Share the experience, environmental protection, nonviolence, creating a peaceful life.

Global Unity Through Interfaith Dialogue - Safiyya Sarkin, Judy Banki and Rev. Khader N. El-Yateem, Pastor

Kayhan Irani - Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop
Theater is the art of looking at our selves and can be a means of transforming society. The Brazilian theater activist, Augusto Boal created Theater of the Oppressed in the 1950ıs.  In Theater of the Oppressed the fourth wall of traditional theater is abolished and spectators become Œspect-actorsı. By giving the participants power in the creation of the action, they are being transformed and prepared to participate in the theater of life. Spect-actors uncover the root causes of problems and what factors, externally as well as internally, block them from taking effective action.

Sunshine Eagle Universal Peruvian Shaman & Teacher
Honoring Our Interdependence workshop
At the Soul level we are totally interconnected. What has gone before, what is here now, and what will be here tomorrow will forever be part of us. We got here generations after generations, life after life and we have survived. Now the universe demands more from us. Come to be in a circle and find out our interdependence. Just like the tree needs it's roots to hold on to the earth to be able to stand, so we need to experience the fabric that permeates all and holds us together.

This workshop is for everyone but especially for you if you want to change the course of the politics in this country and want peace on this Planet.

NY Sustainable Communities workshop

Susan Zipp - Earth Charter Initiative - Plenary Presentation & Workshop

Dennis Kucinich's Dept of Peace Initiative - Plenary Presentation & Workshop


Federation of World Peace and Love - The Solemn Ceremony of Ringing the Bell of Peace, and The Ancient Asian Culture with New Vitality (dance/artistic performance). The ceremony aims to share with the event participants and audience the importance and essential of Global Unity and Harmony.

Brooklyn Women's Chorus directed by Bev Grant
The Brooklyn Womenıs Chorus is a community chorus that was formed in October 1997 by Park Slope resident and musician, Bev Grant. The chorus has a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters. Bev Grant is a singer/songwriter/guitarist, cultural activist and former leader and cornerstone of the band, Human Condition. Currently she is director of the Brooklyn Womenıs Chorus and cultural director of the Northeast University Association of Labor Educators (UALE) Summer Institute for Union Women.

Town Hall Wall - Phyllis Yampolsky

Raquy and the Cavemen Middle Eastern Drumming Group - includes Palestinian and Israeli musicians

Jubilee & Chocolate Thai Soulful performance group

Kymbali (Theatrical and Spoken Word artist) - a multi-talented performance artist who creates various characters to explore political and social issues.

Valerie Ghent - Performing Artist

Missy Galore - Performing Artist

Danny Schechter Film Screening: We Are Family -
Acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a film about people connecting post 9/11. A discussion will follow with Nancy Hunt (

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